WHEN: JULY 11, 1964 WHERE: BRANDS HATCH WIN­NER: JIM CLARK (LO­TUS-CLI­MAX)

Motor Sport News - - British Grand Prix -

Af­ter al­ter­nat­ing be­tween Aintree and Sil­ver­stone from 1955, the Bri­tish Grand Prix found a new sec­ond home in deep­est Kent. It was an era of great driv­ers in diminu­tive 1.5-litre un­su­per­charged cars. Jimmy Clark (Lo­tus-cli­max Type 25), Gra­ham Hill (BRM P261) and Dan Gur­ney (Brab­ham-cli­max BT7) com­prised the front row with Jack Brab­ham’s BT7 and John Sur­tees (Fer­rari 158) on row two and Bruce Mclaren’s Cooper-cli­max T73 on the in­side of the third. Although Dan led briefly at the start, Jimmy hugged the in­side line at Druids to hold the lead. Gur­ney soon had to re­tire with ig­ni­tion fail­ure but Hill took up the challenge and, for the next 79 laps, was a con­stant pres­ence on the tailpipes of the Lo­tus, re­lent­lessly try­ing to pres­sure Jimmy into a mis­take, which never came.

There might have been no placechang­ing or pit stops, but it was a thor­oughly ab­sorb­ing duel be­tween two world cham­pi­ons who fin­ished 2.8s apart, hav­ing lapped ev­ery­one ex­cept John Sur­tees, who would be­come that year’s world cham­pion.

A pointer to the fu­ture oc­curred dur­ing Fri­day’s prac­tice ses­sion when an up-and-com­ing For­mula 3 driver from Scot­land was let loose by Colin Chap­man in one of the Team Lo­tus Type 25s and was im­me­di­ately on the pace.

Be­fore the year was out Jackie Ste­wart would race and win for Team Lo­tus be­fore be­com­ing Gra­ham Hill’s team-mate at BRM for 1965.

Jim Clark won the first Brands GP

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